Know Thy Enemy

December 30th, 2012

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise thought to be the work of Sun Tzu. It is commonly known to be the definitive work on military strategy and tactics of its time. It has been the most famous and influential of China’s Seven Military Classics, and: “for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name.” It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond. (Wikipedia)

Verses from the book

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.

My Enemy

My need to be “perfect”- If I make ONE slip up in a day of watching calories I tend to go hog wild.  Instead of just adding a few extra calories and being OK with that- it turns into a total blow out.

I have a total weakness for any carb.  While I won’t being doing a carb free diet I have to fight my urge to eat a whole loaf of french bread for dinner rather than a balanced meal. Age and hormones have conspired to make carbs attach themselves savagely to me- most of my weight gain I know is related to oatmeal for breakfast, pasta for lunch, pita chips for snacks, pasta for dinner.  I know my body well enough over the years to see when eat like this- no matter how the calories measure out- I will GAIN weight.

My Dad once told me “You are one of those people who pack 10 pounds of sh#@t in a 5 pound bag- which only means you are often dropping sh#@t as you go”  I tend to do way too much and can’t do it well enough.  Right now I am working 2 very demanding jobs- fitting in the time to shop for healthy meals, time to make the healthy meals, WORK OUTS- all of this is going to take a huge commitment to managing time well.